Flinders Ranges- Bunyeroo Valley loop and Brachina Gorge

Another very scenic area was the Bunyeroo Valley which ended in a gorge walk in Bunyeroo gorge for us. M

Same valley 10 yrs on. Bunyeroo valley today on the left and greener in Jan 2009 in the bottom right

emu on scenic drive
Emu’s were often on the side of the road but run off bouncing their heavy tail feathers if you try to get near them.
desert flora
So dry and yet still there is life!
ridgeback
Hills older than Europe. The Flinders Ranges is a geologists dream and just plain gorgeous to us with it’s rugged beauty!
the dead pine
The old gnarled native (cyprus) pine had seen better days.
bunyeroo gorge rock
Bunyeroo Gorge rock formations
bunyeeroo gorge walk
Bunyeroo Gorge walk along the river bed
shingleback eating
A shingle back (sleepy) lizard looking alive as he eats a meal in Bunyeroo gorge creekbed.
bunyeroo gorge 2
Geological formations in Brachina gorge
bunyeroo gorge stone 2
Once the bottom of the ocean and easily seen today

Brachina Gorge and this area in general is a geologists dream. Brachina is 8kms long and gives dramatic insight into the forces that formed these mountain ranges and the ancient life forms that developed around them. The creek over the eons has cut through a huge bed of shale, quartzite and limestone that was once the bed of an inland sea. The stone has been twisted and pushed (500million years ago) into place by huge forces and in more recent last 5 million years, worn down and eroded to what you see today. Like the bones of the earth itself! M

red gum tree roots
How does this survive?
bunyeroo rock 3
More interesting geological formations
brachina gorge colours
Brachina gorge. The road goes right through.
brachina gorge
Brachina Gorge creekbed
brachina gorge bonney sandstone
“Bonney” sandstone in Brachina gorge

 

grave of Emma Smith
A grave site on the side of the road for a 2 yr old. The early pioneers had it tough too. We were never meant to farm this area.
safety sign in 3 languages
The sign to scare you off walking. I think they have had to rescue some unprepared/silly people which seem to be a growing crowd out here from the looks of things. They have even closed walks that we did 10yrs ago in Jan for the summer.
feral of the day
Another feral
euro on the rd
A very hot Euro

Appealina was another early homestead with a rich and colourful past. None had it easy but Joseph Wills had an especially hard time. He was famous for owning a cow called “Old Stockings” that produced 350 calves. Will’s cattle “duffing” techniques involved Old Stockings who lured groups of calves away from herds on surrounding runs. He kept 2000 goats last century and it is probably the descendants of those that now roam the ranges like they own them. M

appealinna homestead ruins

 

The garden wall
What a fancy garden wall from 1856.

Joseph Wills homewills sign

mine managers house
Mine bosses residence nearby Wills homestead. The mine wanted Will’s water hole. Better stone work than the usual. There was money in mining even back then.

 

spinifex country
Spinifex kangaroo beds. They lay inside the hollow centres for protection. Pretty desperate as they are spiky as all get out!
dead roos everywhere
Death is everywhere! So is the smell!
spinifex with a little rain
A bit of green on the spinifex after a little rain 5 days before.
my favorite bird the Ring neck parrot is everywhere out here
These guys are everywhere. They are my favourite. They try VERY hard to stay out of the sun but when you see them them in it they glow! Australian ring neck parrot

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